High Witch (High Witch Book 1)

Rated 3.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Brayden dreams for thirty nights of a beautiful woman. When Ariel walks into his inn, he sees that she's the one he's been obsessed with. Brayden works with Ariel to help her control her magic but discovers she's a High Witch. Immediately the two must flee; evil warlock Julius wants to enslave Ariel. Ariel’s only hope is that her love for Brayden and her powers can save them. NOVELLA 25,000 words. More
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Published by M. Hanna
Words: 25,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301745197
About Mona Hanna

Mona Hanna is an author of fantasy/romance books. She enjoys writing about love, magic, conflict, trials and the joy of overcoming them. Mona enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and adores cats. She hopes to release many more fantasy books in the years to come.

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Review by: Stephen Merritt on March 30, 2013 :
I received this book as a review copy through the Librarything member program.
The story is written through the eyes of two people, Brayden, a young man with a disturbing family tree and Ariel, a young lady with no idea of the power she holds.
The story follows Ariel's journey finding out what she really is and the extreme danger she is in from Brayden's ancestor. It is also a love story between Brayden and Ariel and that becomes the central part of this story.
An interesting story but short, I would have liked a bit more character development and storyline. But I enjoyed it and would likely read follow on stories.
I give it a 3 of 5 stars.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Merritt on March 30, 2013 :
I received this book as a review copy through the Librarything member program.
The story is written through the eyes of two people, Brayden, a young man with a disturbing family tree and Ariel, a young lady with no idea of the power she holds.
The story follows Ariel's journey finding out what she really is and the extreme danger she is in from Brayden's ancestor. It is also a love story between Brayden and Ariel and that becomes the central part of this story.
An interesting story but short, I would have liked a bit more character development and storyline. But I enjoyed it and would likely read follow on stories.
I give it a 3 of 5 stars.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)

Review by: Scatty The Shadow on Feb. 27, 2013 :
*Book won through LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for an honest review*

I was really excited to read this book because the description was intriguing and the cover was beautiful! Sadly, I was quite disappointed.

The Writing: The writing in this novella was okay. There was not much inherently wrong with it but there wasn’t anything special about it. There was also too much dialogue in my opinion. So instead of descriptive paragraphs, everything was being explained via conversations. There was one part of the writing I didn’t like and that was the sex/sexual scenes. I’m no noob to sexual scenes in romance novels. I’ve even written a few steamy scenes myself and am not awkward or annoyed by them. But these were uncomfortably odd. They were too filled with ‘oh I just love her so much I want to make love to her’ and it came to the point where there was a sex scene in almost all the chapters, probably ten in total. Yes, I realize this is a romance novel but that is just absurd when it has no real reason to be in the story. And each one kept getting more and more descriptive. The writing in those scenes were choppy and awkward and honestly, it felt like a bad fanfiction. I also started to notice that at least 65% of the sentences ending in ‘word, word’ or ‘phrase, phrase’. It really isn’t necessary to form all of the sentences in the exact same way.

The Romance: I was reading over some other reviews and I came across this statement: “this was quite the quixotic love story” (Amanda R.) I completely agree. The romance in here was too perfect. Brayden – whose viewpoint is where we read the story – falls in love with a girl within 2 days of meeting her after having had a repeating dream of her for a month. She also happens to reciprocate the feelings within that time span and somehow they end up making love on day 3. They just met!!! I can believe love at first sight but to fall ‘madly in love’ with someone in three days and then run away with them? For all you know, they could be a craving lunatic who’s sadistically playing you and will end up killing you and dumping your body into a ravine!

The Plot: The plot was really confusing at times because new information would be shared and then a realization would occur with no basis as to that realization. For example, we learn that the bad guy, Julius, is related to Brayden. Somehow, Ariel realizes this when Brayden admits to being related to Lenora (a past High Witch). There is no correlation between the two! These kinds of connections kept popping up and wouldn’t be explained until a few chapters later. I also felt that Julius and ‘the trial’ were never explained well enough. Why would any high witch go through this test if they are powerful enough to make anything they want happen?

The Characters: Brayden seemed to know everything at one point and then suddenly became completely useless at the end. Ariel, through out most of the book, appeared so weak and timid that I was honestly not surprised she ran off with a guy she just met and claimed that she loved him. Near the end I was honestly rooting for Julius just because Brayden and Ariel annoyed me so much.

Honestly, if I didn’t have to write a review I probably would have put the book down after chapter two. This novella has great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads so you may want to go check those out before making your own decision on this novella. Her books all look and sound interesting but after this I probably won’t try anything else by her.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: Stormie Jay-Fox on Feb. 18, 2013 :
Terrible!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: carmen on Feb. 17, 2013 :
a fantasy with a very strong romance line. Ariel is a high Witch but doesnt know how to use her powers. Brayden is the good-looking hero who falls in love in his dreams and so the love story starts. a good read but with no background to get your teeth into. too short? waiting to see what follows
carmenmaranda
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kevin Wang on Feb. 14, 2013 :
High Witch is a fantasy/paranormal romance novella that I received through LibraryThing’s giveaway program, and while I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about reading it to begin with based on the genre, as it turns out, it’s a decent read.

The plot of the story is not entirely unique, and the motifs and themes that are present are typical of the genre. I will say though that, to her credit, Hanna works with these motifs and the plot in a very well thought out way, and doesn’t just throw all these ideas down on the page in the form of the atrocity that is Twilight.

In terms of the strengths of the novel, I would say that it’s biggest strength is the way it deals with emotion. It is certainly a very gripping story, and moves at an incredibly brisk pace, which I feel is appropriate for getting through this story. I didn’t think I would like it that much but I did like it, and it was definitely because the emotional rollercoaster was written so well. Other strengths were that it was generally well written, the plot is very well paced, and the fact that it was predictable didn’t change the fact that it was still easy to attach yourself emotionally from beginning to end.

The weakness of this book are few and far between, but if I had to point them out, I’d say that the biggest one is the way the plot is generally cliché, the way that some of the characters just weren’t as well fleshed out as I would have liked, and the way that some things in the story just weren’t as well developed as they perhaps ought to have been.

Again, this is a very niche book, and if you aren’t really into paranormal literature or romance of any kind, then this book isn’t for you. Otherwise, if you are, then definitely give it a read. It’s an emotionally intense (albeit brief) ride that resolves itself well.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Naty Rose on Dec. 21, 2012 :
Date I started it: 12/20
Date I finished it: 12/20
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Overall: Great book, fast paced and easy to read.
Stars: 5 out of 5

“You’ll see,” she whispered. “Love will win. Somehow, love will win. Trust me. I believe it with all of my heart.”


High Witch is a Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance Novella with a really interesting plot. It’s about Ariel a very powerful witch who doesn’t know that her kind of power is unique, there are only 3 witches in the world at a time with that kind of power. She meets Brayden, a young guy, son of a witch, who recognizes Ariel’s power and he tries to help her from people who would abuse her and want her only because of her abilities. The plot is well written and it’s very easy to follow, the characters are great and it has romance mixed with suspense, and it was very well developed. I really liked the book, I hope there will be more to read about Ariel & Brayden!

I was given this book by the author in exchange of an honest review
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Isis Sousa on Nov. 23, 2012 :
High Witch is a novella Fantasy Romance written by the Australian author Mona Hanna. It is a book with an interesting story: it has magic, action, adventure and love, lots of love. The main characters are Brayden and Ariel, a young couple in their mid-twenties. They fall deeply in love for each other and find themselves in one of the biggest and most dangerous adventures in their lives.

They love grow stronger as they have to overcome fear and a lot of difficulties in their way. All because of a dark warlock, Julius, who has diabolical plans regarding the future of Ariel, the High Witch herself.

Despite all the pain, nothing can defeat the love Brayden, a very conscious and respectful your man nurtures for Ariel; as well as the love she nurtures for him, the one who helped her learning and controlling her magic powers.

As a novella has a short length, we can’t expect much description of the characters or environments, and everything has to go in a faster pace. I feel that if this was a more extensive work, it would have been really nice to have learned more about Brayden and Ariel. There’s so much more about what make their personalities I would like to understand. Anyway, we will surely know more by the next book.

The plot feels like happening a bit fast in the very beginning of book, that’s when Ariel and Brayden meet and get to know each other. After that, when they get entwined, action starts to unfold and things get more exciting. In the end there is a lot of tension, action and conflict, by the time Ariel is going through “The Test”.

The book, which I must mention has a lovely cover, ends with a beautiful, happy and peaceful scene. Ariel and Brayden are now bonded until death tears them apart. They are meant to live in happiness forever after, but will they?

I am looking forward to know what Mona Hanna have prepared for them in the next book…
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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